Placental abruption is a complication that occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine lining. Separation may be partial or complete and typically occurs in the third trimester, although it may occur any time after the 20th week of pregnancy. Placental abruption must be diagnosed quickly to avoid catastrophic injury to the mother and baby.
Placental abruption can cause serious injury to the mother or baby if it is not timely diagnosed. The placenta is responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to the fetus, and placental abruption will prevent this from occurring. Symptoms of this condition may include vaginal bleeding, high frequency low amplitude contractions and increased uterine resting tone. If you experienced symptoms of this condition but these were dismissed by your doctor, or if you were diagnosed with placental abruption but were not properly treated, you may have grounds for a birth injury lawsuit against the at-fault doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional or facility.
Maryland birth injury attorney Michael Bereston can talk to you about what happened and can help you understand your legal rights and options – call (410) 220-6581 for a free consultation. We help clients across the country.
Symptoms, Treatment & Risk Factors of Placental Abruption
The exact cause of placental abruption is unknown, but there are certain factors that may increase one’s risk of developing this condition:
- Smoking cigarettes or using cocaine during pregnancy
- Pregnancy over the age of 35
- Preeclampsia/high blood pressure
- Twin/triplet pregnancies
- Abdominal trauma
- Uterine abnormalities
The following are potential signs and symptoms of placental abruption:
- Vaginal bleeding
- High frequency low amplitude contractions
- Increased uterine resting tone
- Abdominal pain and tenderness
- Fetal heartrate abnormalities
Once the placenta detaches from the uterine lining, there is no way to reattach it. However, in mild cases of placental abruption, bed rest may be recommended and the baby may be born with little to no complications. In more severe cases, early delivery may be required.
For more information and insight, call Maryland birth injury lawyer Michael Bereston at (410) 220-6581 or contact our Annapolis law firm online.